Flamboyant opener Shikhar Dhawan struck a powerful 88 not out to trump Ambati Rayudu within the battle of batting heroics as Punjab Kings beat Chennai Super Kings by 11 runs in an IPL thriller on Monday. Dhawan hit 9 fours and two sixes in his 59-ball superlative unbeaten knock to energy Punjab to 187 for 4 after being requested to bat. Punjab then restricted CSK to 176 for six regardless of a shocking 39-ball 78 from Rayudu, studded with seven fours and 6 sixes. Dhawan additionally turned solely the second batter after Virat Kohli to finish 6,000 runs in IPL historical past.
Rayudu hit three consecutive sixes and a 4 to take 23 runs from the sixteenth over bowled by Sandeep Sharma (1/40) after CSK wanted 70 runs from the final 5 overs.
But Arshdeep Singh conceded simply six runs within the subsequent over and eight within the nineteenth to tilt the dimensions in direction of Punjab.
After Rayudu was out within the 18th over off Kagiso Rabada (2/23), CSK nonetheless wanted 35 runs from 13 balls and the nice finisher Mahendra Singh Dhoni (12) joined captain Ravindra Jadeja (21 not out) within the center.
CSK wanted 27 from the ultimate over and one other stage was set for Dhoni to repeat his stupendous ending act towards Mumbai Indians of their earlier match.
Dhoni hit Rishi Dhawan (2/39) for a six within the first ball however two balls later, the legendary wicketkeeper batter was caught at deep midwicket because it was throughout for CSK.
This was CSK’s sixth loss in eight matches whereas Punjab notched up their fourth win in eight video games. CSK started their run chase on a woeful observe as they misplaced Robin Uthappa (1) within the first over, adopted by Mitchell Santner (9) within the second, because the defending champions may solely rating 32 from the powerplay overs.
Shivam Dube confirmed promise however then his innings lasted simply eight balls and 7 runs as CSK have been decreased to 40 for 3 in seven overs.
With the asking charge crossing 11 an over so early, someone needed to get the boundaries for CSK and right here veteran Rayudu confirmed his class. He hit a giant six off Rishi Dhawan to take CSK to 69 for 3 at midway mark.
But the duo parted methods with Gaikwad getting out within the thirteenth over. But Rayudu was going nice weapons, reaching his fifty from 28 balls with a six off Rahul Chahar.
It was nonetheless not a straightforward proposition for CSK as they wanted 70 from the ultimate overs.
Earlier, the 36-year-old Dhawan struck his second fifty of the season and anchored the Punjab innings. He mixed with Sri Lankan Bhanuka Rajapaksa (42) for a 110-run stand for the second wicket from 11.3 overs after captain Mayank Agarwal‘s early dismissal.
Dhawan went previous his earlier highest rating this season — 70 towards Mumbai Indians in Pune.
Dhawan bought an ready ally in Rajapaksa who made 42 from 32 balls with the assistance of two fours and as many sixes because the duo annoyed the CSK bowlers for an extended stretch within the innings.
Englishman Liam Livingstone, who was purchased for Rs 11.5 crore within the IPL public sale, performed just a little cameo of 19 runs off seven balls with the assistance of a 4 and two sixes in direction of the top to swell the Punjab complete. Punjab made a sluggish begin after being despatched in to bat and their captain Agarwal’s struggles this season continued as he was out within the sixth over for 18 off 21 balls. They reached 37 for 1 after powerplay overs.
Dhawan and Rajapaksa saved the scoreboard ticking with singles and doubles although with out too many boundaries. The duo took Punjab to 72 for 1 on the midway mark.
The benefit for Punjab was that they misplaced only one wicket within the first half of their innings they usually capitalised on that later within the back-end.
They added 64 runs within the ultimate 5 overs.
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